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Porsche starts expansion in preparation for Cajun production

The Porsche factory in Leipzig is gearing up for Cajun production thanks to a US$700 million investment. More than 1,000 new jobs and a new 17 hectare site are being created to handle production of the Cajun, which scheduled to start at the end of 2013.

Cajun will be built alongside the Cayenne and Panamera at Leipzig factory. Yesterday, the chairman of the supervisory board and chairman of the board of management of porsche AG, Wolfgang Porsche and Matthias Müller, joined numerous guests from the world of politics and business in laying the foundation stone for the second extension of the company’s Leipzig factory site. Porsche says it is an important milestone, and one which writes another chapter in the successful history of Porsche in the Saxony region of Germany.

“We are investing another 500 million euro in the production facility to build the Cajun in Leipzig. This is not just a mark of confidence in the manufacturing skills of our Leipzig colleagues, but also an important contribution to the economic development of the region.” said Matthias Müller.

Porsche board of management member with responsibility for production Wolfgang Leimgruber added: “We want to expand the production of high-performance sports cars and off-road vehicles in Leipzig. At the same time the ambition is for the plant to achieve the highest standards with a forward-looking quality strategy.”

The Porsche site in Leipzig has been producing the Cayenne since it opened in 2002. After a first extension, the four-seater Panamera Gran Turismo has also been produced here since 2009. It is assembled alongside the Cayenne on the mixed-model assembly line. Porsche has invested approximately US$350 million in the Leipzig site to date, and such, it is one of the world’s most efficient car factories. For example, the very efficient air recirculation and power cut-off technologies in the paint shop ensure particularly economical energy use. “Sustainability of the very highest order is enshrined in our environmental principles. Our use of ultra-modern equipment and facilities is a valuable contribution to frugal automotive engineering,” added Leimgruber.

With the efficient and agile Cajun, Porsche is expanding its SUV segment which is in high demand around the globe. The Cajun is intended – alongside the Boxster, the market-leading two-seater mid-engined sports car – to provide an attractive route for new, younger customers to enter the world of Porsche.


20 October 2011


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